Carrie Ann is the Co-Founder of Torii Coaching & Consulting, where she and William Rodriguez provide high-quality, individually tailored, evidence-based services to individuals, corporate and government clients with a holistic approach focusing on maximizing existing strengths for optimal performance.
Carrie Ann served as Director of Policy & Planning for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, for five years where she worked closely with the policy directors for the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs and the Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard to create a coordinated legislative strategy to benefit Virginia’s military, veterans and Guard, and further the goal making Virginia the most veteran-friendly state in the nation. She served three years with Virginia state senator Linda T. “Toddy” Puller, crafting veterans and health care policy and legislation, the senator’s speeches and communications strategy.
Carrie Ann worked as a reporter in Washington, D.C. covering homeland security, bioweapons, terrorism and federal appropriations, is the author of one novel, Click, and numerous articles, book reviews and opinion pieces. She holds a dual BA in Journalism and Old Testament Literature/Jewish Studies from Moody, a Master’s in Legislative Affairs with an emphasis in National Security & Intelligence Policy from the George Washington University, and a Certificate in Advanced International Affairs – National Security Policy from Texas A&M University.
She comes from a family committed to military and public service.
“People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.”
- MARCUS AURELIUS